Leader Kim Jong-un appeared at the above ceremony with a remarkable appearance. Wearing a brightly colored suit, he waved to the crowd, but local media did not mention whether he was speaking or not.
According to experts on North Korea, the series of photos at the parade appear to show that Kim has lost weight. “He looks a lot healthier than he did a few months ago,” wrote Martyn Williams of the Stimson Center (USA) on social media. Twitter.
Leader Kim Jong-un appeared at the parade with a slim body and tanned skin. Photo: KCNA
Some observers claim they have never seen leader Kim Jong-un with such a healthy appearance. Photo: KCNA
North Korea’s strange military parade: Decontamination costumes “take the wave”
Leader Kim’s health and appearance have received special attention in recent months. According to South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS), Kim weighed 136 kg in November 2020. An unnamed South Korean lawmaker asserted in July that Mr. Kim may have lost 20 kg in the past months.
In August of this year, the North Korean leader made foreign media waves again when he appeared with a bandage on the back of his head.
Yonhap At the time, the NIS said it believed there were no abnormalities in Kim’s health. The bandage was removed after a few days and there were no scars there.
At the above-mentioned September 9 parade, in addition to leader Kim’s appearance, the massive appearance of staff of the epidemic prevention and control unit wearing decontamination costumes and gas masks also attracted attention. Italy, especially since no large ballistic missiles were introduced.
The presence of the staff of the epidemic prevention and control unit suggests that Pyongyang may have set up a special force to deal with the Covid-19 epidemic.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said that since August 19, North Korea “has not recorded any Covid-19 cases”, but experts say this is unlikely.
The staff of the epidemic prevention and control unit wear decontamination costumes and prominent respirators. Photo: Rodong Sinumun